Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Dot-winged Antwren (Microrhopias quixensis)


French: Grisin étoilé German: Tropfenflügel-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Hormiguerito del Quijos

Thamnophilus quixensis


, 1849,

eastern Ecuador


Races boucardi and virgatus intergrade in Honduras; research may indicate that they should be merged. On basis of vocal and plumage differences, and perhaps also differences in habitat preferences, some other races may merit elevation to species rank, e.g. emiliae fairly distinctive (although vocal differences minimal); further study required. Name consobrina is invariable (contra HBW)#R. Ten subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. q. boucardi (P. L. Sclater, 1858) – E Mexico (E Veracruz and NE Oaxaca E to S Campeche and S Quintana Roo), Belize, E Guatemala and N Honduras.
  • M. q. virgatus (Lawrence, 1863) – SE Honduras and E Nicaragua S to W Panama (E to E Panamá Province and W San Blas, locally on Pacific slope).
  • M. q. consobrina (P. L. Sclater, 1860) – E Panama (E San Blas, Darién), W & NC Colombia and W Ecuador (S to Guayas).
  • M. q. microstictus (Berlepsch, 1908) – NE Amazonian Brazil (N Roraima, extreme NE Pará, Amapá), S Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
  • M. q. quixensis (Cornalia, 1849) – S Colombia (Putumayo, Caquetá), E Ecuador and NE Peru (N Loreto N of R Marañón and R Amazon).
  • M. q. intercedens J. T. Zimmer, 1932 – lowlands of C Peru (S of R Amazon and along both banks of R Ucayali) and SW Amazonian Brazil (E to R Madeira).
  • M. q. nigriventris Carriker, 1930 – E slope and base of Andes in C Peru (San Martín S to N Cuzco).
  • M. q. albicauda Carriker, 1932 – SE Peru (S Cuzco, SE Ucayali, Madre de Dios, Puno) and adjacent N Bolivia (Pando).
  • M. q. bicolor (Pelzeln, 1868) – SC Amazonian Brazil (R Madeira E to R Tapajós and R Teles Pires, S to Rondônia and N & W Mato Grosso).
  • M. q. emiliae Chapman, 1921 – R Tapajós E to R Tocantins and S to extreme N Mato Grosso (NE of R Teles Pires).
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12 cm; 7·5–11·5 g. Long tail graduated. Male nominate race is mostly black; partly concealed white inter­scapular patch extending to rump;... read more


    Loudsong an accelerating series of notes that shorten in length, varies among races in such... read more


    Mid-storey of humid lowland and foothill evergreen-forest borders, light-gaps within primary forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on a variety of insects, including orthopterans, hemipterans, and adult and larval lepidopterans; also on spiders. Stomach contents... read more


    May–Jul in Mexico and Belize, Jan–Aug in Costa Rica and Feb–Jul in Panama; probably Feb–Sept in Surinam, and adults... read more


    None recorded; presumed resident throughout range.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common but patchily distributed throughout most of its extensive range. This includes numerous large protected areas, examples of which are:... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Dot-winged Antwren (Microrhopias quixensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 February 2020).